Box lady Bears go back to back

The Box Elder girls basketball team faced Roy Winifred Saturday night for the class “C” state championship at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls . The Lady Bears built an early lead then hung on for a 48-42 win. Lilly Gopher led Box Elder with 15 points while Jennel Momberg added 13, with Kyla Momberg coming off the bench to put up 8 points and 8 rebounds. This gives Box Elder back to back class “C” state championships as they finished the season with a 24 and 2 record.

Hospital Pays $10M to settle Lawsuit over Radiology Services

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) – A Bozeman hospital has paid out $10 million to settle a federal lawsuit that accused its radiology department of fraud.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that recently unsealed court documents show Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital paid about $7.2 million to the U.S. government and nearly $239,000 to Montana.

The hospital also paid $2.5 million to the law firm that represented Bozeman radiologists Frank Rembert and Michael Paradise, who filed the lawsuit nearly three years ago.

The suit claimed the hospital made millions of dollars in fraudulent claims to government health care programs as part of an illegal kickback scheme to keep a monopoly on radiology services in Gallatin County.

A hospital spokeswoman says the defendants listed in the case deny all allegations and any wrongdoing.

FWP Surveys Anglers on Preference with Upper Missouri Reservoir Plan

HELENA, Mont. (NMB) – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are reaching out to anglers across Montana for information critical for an update to the Upper Missouri River Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan.

According to a press release, a public survey released this week will ask anglers a wide variety of questions about their uses and preferences for the reservoir system and the adjacent stretches of the Missouri River. The survey will be accompanied by a series of public meetings and open houses.

The Upper Missouri River Reservoir Fisheries Management Plan guides FWP’s management of Canyon Ferry, Hauser, and Holter Reservoirs, the Missouri River from Toston to Canyon Ferry and the river below Hauser dam. This will be the third revision of the plan. The current plan is in place through next year.

The survey takes about ten minutes to complete and can be found online at fwp.mt.gov.

Information Meeting on Proposed Mountain Lion Management, Monitoring

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) – A public information meeting on the conservation and management of mountain lion populations in Montana is scheduled for January 2nd in Great Falls.

A press release says that the meeting will start at 7 PM at the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 4. FWP biologist Jay Kolbe will present information from the new draft Montana Mountain Lion Monitoring and Management Strategy, which is open for public comment until January 11th. The meeting is informational only, and they will not accept public comment.

The draft strategy does not lay out any population objectives or harvest recommendations, but only speaks to guidelines as to how FWP will manage and monitor lions.

Comments can be submitted at fwp.mt.gov/hunting.

Havre-Hill County Library Hosting Holiday Hayride Next Weekend

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – Next Saturday, the Havre-Hill County Library will be hosting their annual Holiday Hayride from noon to 4 PM. A press release says the hayride is so popular, they suggest that people reserve a time to ride by calling the Library or contacting them on their Facebook page.

They will also have Christmas refreshments and a Christmas photo stop. Folks are encouraged to bring their cameras or phones and to dress in holiday gear. The children’s librarian will have holiday crafts for the kids.

MT Agriculture Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

HELENA, Mont. (NMB) – The Montana Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for an estimated $1.5 million in federal funding available through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. A press release says that this competitive grant program is designed to expand markets for Montana specialty crops.

Montana’s SCBG program is available for projects enhancing the competitiveness of Montana specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables, peas, and lentils, as well as horticulture and nursery crops.

Eligible projects include education, marketing, improving distribution systems, development of good agricultural practices, pest and disease control, variety development, and improving production practices.

State or local organizations, government entities, producer associations, academia, community based organizations, nonprofit organizations and other specialty crop stakeholders are eligible to apply.

Grant proposals are due by midnight on February 6th, 2019. Visit scbg.mt.gov for more information.